Opinion

How our heritage is reduced to ash
How our heritage is reduced to ash
As a person of colour I feel confident that most of us have experienced the galling effect of a white person centring their narrative when we...
Anger at blessees is misplaced
Anger at blessees is misplaced
The murder of a pregnant 26-year-old woman in southwestern Kenya has sparked heated debate over sponsor relationships — known in South Africa...
The art of the flea market deal
The art of the flea market deal
We were both surprised and mildly shamed by what happened. Bargaining had never been in my nature (I’m sure it wasn’t in his) but I’d decided...
Land reform needs laws and imagination
Land reform needs laws and imagination
If there is any lesson to be learned from the past 23 years of South Africa’s trial and error experiment with constitutionalism, it is that...
Letters to the Editor: September 21 to 27
Letters to the Editor: September 21 to 27
I am one of those South Africans who is angry and deeply saddened by the brutal murder last week of 24-year-old teacher Gadimang Mokolobate from...
Remembering the moment that SA soldiers marched into Lesotho
Remembering the moment that SA soldiers marched into Lesotho
Saturday is the 20th anniversary of democratic South Africa’s military intervention in Lesotho. Christopher Williams reflects on Nelson...
SADC trade deal with EU criticised for not promoting regional economic development
SADC trade deal with EU criticised for not promoting regional economic development
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has received much negative press domestically since its establishment in 1992.
Let’s cultivate laws for a cannabis industry centred on uplifting the rural poor
Let’s cultivate laws for a cannabis industry centred on uplifting the rural poor
Cannabis has been stigmatised from time immemorial. This week’s Constitutional Court judgment on cannabis probably made a lot of people happy...
SADC’s problem child is going to the polls
SADC’s problem child is going to the polls
Hery Rajaonarimampianina, Madagascar’s president since January 25 2014, has stepped down, in line with the Constitution, to seek a second term in...
China’s R370bn ‘gift’ demands scrutiny
China’s R370bn ‘gift’ demands scrutiny
Given South Africa’s current economic woes, one would think that China’s recently announced investments in the country — the R33-billion...
Editorial: Definition of state capture
Editorial: Definition of state capture
State capture, noun: The efforts of a small number of people aiming to benefit from the illicit provision of private gains to public officials in...
Universities in the neoliberal age
Universities in the neoliberal age
Many of the students I have taught in Britain and South Africa see higher education as a place where they “invest” in themselves in the...
Want to quit smoking? Breathe
Want to quit smoking? Breathe
Many smokers reading this article must have contemplated the idea of wanting to give up smoking several times but failed because it was such a...

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